Around the world in a DC-6

Departed Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle, WA this morning bound for Denver, CO (KDEN) for the first leg of what will be a prolonged around the world tour. My somewhat convoluted route is designed to visit all seven continents along the way. Initially, we will be heading east across the United States, working our way north to cross the Atlantic via Greenland and Iceland. I’m flying a Pan Am liveried DC-6B because even though I’m a United guy, Pan Am was the airline that pioneered international air-travel for the United States and with the exception of Antarctica, it provided service to every continent.

Ready to commence the journey, departing RWY 32L Boeing Field.

Making a quick loop around Seattle before picking up our IFR clearance and turning back southeast.

Mount Rainier and Mount Adams rising above the cloud layer.

It was a very nice flight for most of the trip. Ran the superchargers on high to climb up to 17000 to clear the Rockies. A bit bumpy with a light rime icing as we were in and out of the tops, but every time I thought about climbing above it, I kept breaking out for a good stretch. Anyway, the engines were humming along and everything was working well until it came time to slow up for the descent. I went to lower the flaps and…nothing. Looking over at the hydraulic pressure gauge pressure was zero, but the hydraulic reservoir was full. Turning on the backup electric pump was sufficient to pressurize the system and since we didn’t appear to be losing fluid, we didn’t have to declare an emergency. Landing was normal once we got pressure back to the system. Anyway, Signature was kind enough to loan us their stands so our flight engineer could take a look. The bad news is that both hydraulic pumps will need to be replaced. Looks like we will be sitting here at KDEN for a bit while we try to get some located and shipped. I’m guessing 10 days before we will be ready to go again.


Cue Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” song…


Finally got our hydraulic pumps fixed so we are departing Denver, CO (KDEN) for Chicago, IL (KORD).

Over Des Moines, IA.

Sunset over Illinois. SU5 killed the navigation lights and beacon for the DC-6, hopefully PMDG will get it sorted soon.

Parked for the night at Chicago O’Hare International (KORD). Delta was kind enough to give us a parking spot at their air cargo terminal.


I am doing the same thing! Pan Am DC-6! Started in KDCA a month ago and am now approaching Japan on the next leg!


I was planning on it too, mainly meandering to as many countries as I can in the DC-6. Working on a custom livery for the flight first though. I’m also still learning how to fly the thing, but I plan to do most of the learning along the way. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Passing by downtown Chicago on the way out of KORD. Next stop, Reagan-National (KDCA) in Washington D.C.

On the step over South Bend, Indiana. I was hoping to find Notre Dame, but I managed to miss it.

Sunset over Ohio.

Parked at KDCA. Planning on pulling the aircraft into the hangar and spend a few days making certain that all systems are in top shape, now that everything should be broken in.

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Change of plan. We lost our hangar space, so we are going to continue onward to Presque Isle, ME and do our maintenance there. We will be stopping in New York, NY and Ottawa, ON on the way there.

Beautiful view of KDCA and Washington D.C. on the taxi out to RWY 4. The National Cathedral, Washington Monument, and the Capitol building are all in view across the Potomac River.

I was able to snap a quick picture of the Capitol on the departure. Would have liked a shot looking down the National Mall, but I was a bit too busy.

Passing Baltimore, MD.

Philadelphia, PA.

New York City on the approach to La Guardia ILS RWY 4.

Touchdown at KLGA. We have tire smoke on touchdown now! Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite capture it with replay, but it is there.


Departing New York, La Guardia (KLGA), Manhattan skyline in the background.

Upstate New York.

Landing at Ottawa, ON (CYOW) for a quick stop. Can’t call it a world tour without visiting the capital of Canada.

Taking a circuit around downtown Ottawa on the departure.

Vast forests in northern Maine…

On the letdown to Presque Isle, ME.

Parked at Presque Isle (KPQI) with the town in the background. We will spend a few days doing a thorough check of engines and systems to make sure we are ready to cross the Atlantic. Presque Isle was a traditional launching point for trans-Atlantic flights back before jets, so it is fitting to stop here. Once we are ready to fly again, we will visit Goose Bay in Labrador (another traditional launching point), before crossing to Narsarsuaq, Greenland. While we could easily fly from here to London, my goal is to visit as many destinations that I find personally interesting as I can. Presque Isle, Goose Bay, and Narsarsuaq are interesting to me because Ernie Gann flew out of these airports as part of the military cargo airlift during World War II (and described his adventures in his flying memoir, “Fate is the Hunter”).


Our flight mechanic went through all systems and declared them in tip-top shape. We are ready to continue our around the world tour and fly the Atlantic!

Departing Presque Isle (KPQI), ME for Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada (CYYR).

Just crossing the Labrador coastline.

Quick stop at Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, then on to Narsarsuaq, Greenland.

Runway 08, ready for departure, Goose Bay…

Punching through the tops as we head towards the coast and (eventually) better weather.

About to go “feet wet.” So long North America!

Out over the North Atlantic. Now would be really bad time to start losing engines! Fortunately, the gauges are all in the green…

Sun is getting low, but we have Greenland in sight.

First view of the ice cap and the fjords on the let down into Narsarsuaq.

Nearing the IAF. Spectacular scenery (though apparently even Greenland isn’t immune from the infamous red orbs)!

Down and parked at Narsarsuaq, Greenland (BGBW). Very glad that I didn’t have to do that approach in IMC, though it would have been nice to have a bit more light. Kind of a hairy approach even in VMC (at least without terrain radar), and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss here.

Well, at least the rampies were impressed with the “Old Gal.”


Departing Narsarsuaq. Climbing out over the fjord to gain some altitude before turning around to get on our heading to Iceland. There is a low sitting over western Europe and the weather is supposed to get worse, but I’m hoping that there will still be good views of Iceland when we get there.

Crossing the southern tip of Greenland at 9’000. Even this far south, the ice is vast! Too bad the crevasses don’t show up in the sim. I wonder if they would show up with better DEM data? Hmm…

So long Greenland!

Approaching the Iceland coast. It looks like Isafjordur is still reporting CAVOK, so it looks like we won’t have worry about getting in. The runway is fairly short at 4,500’, but as light as we are, we can take the straight-in to runway 26 as long as the tailwind doesn’t get much stronger. I’d prefer not to have to circle to land within the confines of the fjord…

Our fjord is just coming into view. We will be turning down that momentarily. We are set up for the cloud break RNP C approach. We will see if we need it…

Hugging the left side of the mountain to make the last minute turn to line up with the runway. The old Kai Tak “Heart Attack” approach has nothing on Isafjordur! Note: I took this shot from replay, so none of the instrument gauges are going to be right. I flew this approach with the power set to 100 BMEP.

High pucker factor!

Not my finest landing ever as I got caught by the runway ripple at the touchdown zone and bounced it once, but got stopped with plenty of runway to spare.

Glad to be on the ground at Isafjordur, Iceland (BIIS). That was a seriously hairball approach! Quick stopover, then on to Keflavik airport in Reykjavik. I’m using Orbx’s Iceland mesh which is free and (as can be seen from the pictures) highly recommended.


Flying the ISAC1A RNP departure out of Isafjordur. We got up to 7,000’ in a hurry and now we can relax for a few moments before we have to start planning for the descent into Keflavik. The weather is supposed to be pretty much clear at Keflavik, so hopefully we will have good views of Reykjavik on the ILS RWY 28 approach. We’ll see…

Well, the cloud layer does seem to be breaking up a bit; fingers crossed!

Very much enjoying the coastal views.

A good view of the western coast.

ATC gave us permission to deviate on the STAR and overfly downtown Reykjavik.

Looks like a nice town. We will be looking forward to exploring tonight.

Parked at Keflavik (BIKF) and we were happy to see a Northern Air Cargo DC-6A on the ramp.


Departing Keflavik. Today we will cross Iceland and then continue onward to Scandinavia. First stop, Oslo, Norway.

Over Reykjavik at 9,000’.

Well, I guess there is a reason that the place is called Iceland.

Climbing up to FL230 over the North Atlantic to get above the weather.

Can’t quite get above the castle gates. There is a massive wall of cumulus between us and western Europe. We’ll just have to push on through.

Parked for the night at Oslo, Norway (ENGM). The purple lights are part of whatever Asobo did to mess up rendering at night with SU 5. Plane models only partially texture, and cockpit texturing is pixelated. I think this may only happen if you transition from day to night. Anyway, I hope they fix that with the next world update.


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Have fun on your tour!

That can be fixed, and it’s super simple.

Bind “Toggle Lights” to a keyboard command (I use the lowercase ‘L’ key) and once that’s done, scroll through the keyboard choices (in Controls Options) back to the profile you’ve changed. (That somehow resets the profile to recognize the change you’ve made.) I use a custom profile set up for the DC-6.

Credit for and thanks to andhog over on the PMDG Forum for that tip/trick.


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Thanks. Seems like the last PMDG update fixed this–though flashing position lights doesn’t seem to work yet…

I have yet to check that out, but my external lights were inop until just this morning. I’m happy to have the lights back. :slight_smile:

What add on scenery are you using for La Guardia (KLGA)? That’s definitely not the default.

Srinivasman’s freeware KLGA mod on

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Says comparability with SU5 is unknown. Anyone have any issues?

Pretty sure that I flew that leg after SU 5 dropped, so I think it is OK. I’ve had good luck with most sceneries so far. I suspect that if you run into problems, it will be with LOD issues. When I flew into Keflavik, the main terminal was missing, but it was back the next day. I wouldn’t worry to much about giving it a try.

EDIT: just saw a comment on that add-on page confirming that it worked fine for another user with SU 5.

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